Columnist Says Proposed Democratic Party Platform Fully Pro-Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
August 11, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Democratic Party has proposed a new platform on abortion that reiterates the pro-abortion stance it has historically held since Roe v. Wade. One commentator says that position, combined with the pressure from within the party for a pro-abortion running mate, shows its intolerance for the pro-life position.
As LifeNews.com reported last week, the platform contains an uncompromising statement saying abortions should be allowed throughout pregnancy and paid for by taxpayers across the country.
In a new column for National Review, former Reagan special assistant Doug Bandow says the platform shows the Democratic Party isn’t yet ready to accept a pro-life view.
That’s despite the efforts of Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and other religious progressives who added a plank to the platform emphasizing support for childbirth and helping pregnant women.
But Bandow says that language will do little to actually reduce abortions.
"Most of the policies have nothing directly to do with abortion," he said, saying they instead address economic issues that make some women feel compelled to have abortions.
Nonetheless, Bandow says abortion advocates are furious with the addition of any language showing even the most modest compromise on abortion.
"In contrast, abortion-rights activists were livid at Campolo & Company," he writes. "Kate Michelman, former head of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for a Free Choice, called Campolos proposal ‘condescending and sexist."
They complained it represented a tacit condemnation of the choices many women make" and, worse, suggested having a baby is a more moral choice than abortion.
"But even if one believes abortion should be legal, it still makes sense to condemn it. In fact, if one is truly ‘personally opposed’ — as Michelman and Kissling clearly are not, but as many prominent liberals claim to be — that is the only possible response," Bandow says.
Bandow also takes issue with pro-life Democrats talking up support for pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama picking pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
"Kaine takes the standard-liberal personally-opposed-but-let-it-happen position," Bandow says. "When he ran for governor, he promised to implement restrictive state laws and supported a ban on partial-birth abortion, but his backing for Roe v. Wade places him well within the Democratic mainstream."
Ultimately, for Bandow, Kaine is no better than Obama and unworthy of support from pro-life groups or voters.
"If a politician wont work to overturn Roe, he or she differs only at the margin from full-throttled abortion-rights advocates," he said.
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